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I hemmed and hawed over my choice for this week’s Casting Call Friday.  I had zero inspiration for what to cast this week until, perusing my bookshelves, I stumbled upon an old favorite by Megan Crane.

Here’s a quick summary (via Goodreads)

Meredith McKay has gone to a lot of trouble to create the picture-perfect life for herself far away from her troublesome family, thank you. When her fathers car accident forces her back to her hometown, however, she soon discovers that there’s no running away from family issues —there’s only delaying the inevitable. Can anyone sort out a lifetime of drama in one hot summer? Throw in a hot guy from back in high school with an ax to grind, a best friend turned enemy turned soon-to-be-sister-in-law, and of course, the sometimes irritating, sometimes delightful members of her own family, and Meredith is on her way to figuring out that a trip through the past is the best way to move forward. With one revelation after another coming to light, Meredith must reexamine all the things shes ever believed, including the truth about herself. Could it be that she isnt the picture-perfect good girl she always thought she was?

Meredith McKay – Meredith is your classic “good girl” that always tries to make everyone else happy. Growing up with her brother and Jeannie, she’s always been the nice girl, apologizing for their antics.  After moving away she finds a job she doesn’t really like and falls into a relationship with a guy who’s seemingly perfect for her, but she doesn’t really love.  It’s not until she’s forced to move back home to care for her injured father does she realize that she needs to start living the life she wants.

Rachel McAdams has the perfect “the girl next door” attitude and ability to play an adorable frazzled, put upon Meredith.

Scotty Sheridan – The former butt of the McKay family’s jokes, once gawky and the class “loser, Scott has grown into a confident, clever county prosecutor.  He’s had a long-time crush on Meredith, but has a lot of resentment for the way she, Jeannie, and Christian treated him.

Matthew Goode would be fantastic as the tall, dark, handsome Scott Sheridan, quietly pining over Meredith, but using his snarky sense of humor to push her buttons.

Jeannie Gillespie – Meredith’s former best friend and soon-to-be sister in law, Jeannie likes to be in control and the center of attention.  She’s funny, confident, and fiercely loyal to the McKay family.

Katherine Heigl is the perfect Jeannie.  Controlling, slightly passive-aggressive and sometimes she can be catty, but Jeannie would do anything for her friends and family.

Christian McKay – Meredith’s handsome lawyer older brother is a type-A personality and, like Jeannie, is used to Meredith going along with most of his plans (including taking a sabbatical from her job to take care of their father).  Christian doesn’t take surprises well and is used to getting his way.

Adam Scott has the right kind of sarcastic attitude plus the ability to play both characters that can be jerks (see Stepbrothers/Leap Year) and characters that are sweet and sympathetic (see The Vicious Kind/Parks and Recreation)

Hope McKay – The youngest of the McKay clan, Hope is the antithesis of Meredith.  Hope does what she wants, others be damned.  She’s got a dry, quick wit and tries to break Meredith out of her passive, “good girl” shell.

Mae Whitman has the disaffected youth personality down pat and would be awesome as the irreverent, hilarious Hope.

Father McKay – I couldn’t find a name for the patriarch of the McKays, since he’s mostly referred to as Dad, but he’s quiet and unassuming, and it’s easy to see where Meredith gets her eagerness to please.  He’s got a basement aquarium that he spends most of his time and energy on, much to the dismay of his children.

Richard Jenkins just is this character in my head.  He’s perfect for this sweet, but kind of sad character.

What do you think?  Agree/disagree?  I want to hear your thoughts on who would be perfect for this fun, charming book.

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Yay for Friday! What a better way to start off this weekend that a Casting Call Session? 🙂

This week’s choice is Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. I love, love, love this book. As a matter of fact, Daniela used to make fun of me for how much I love this book (and rightfully so…my gushing over the swoonworthy leading male was a tad bit ridiculous I’ll admit now).Because of the great love I have for this book, I’ve been struggling with my casting choices but I think I may FINALLY have them right. So here we go!

Jessica Darling: Ellen Page

Jessica is a 16-year-old girl who feels ‘like a fish out of     water’. She’s smart, sassy and awkward. I feel like Ellen Page would totally capture that awkward teenage angst with a dash of snark and is pretty but not TOO pretty.

Bethany Darling: Kate Hudson

Jessica’s older sister and a blonde bridezilla. Based on her previous experience on playing a superficial bridezilla, I’ll go with Kate Hudson. She would irritate the heck out of me if she were my sister.I admit she may be a bit too old, though…

Mrs.Darling: Jean Smart


Jess’s mom is also supposed to be a beautiful blond woman who is super feminine and it appears that Jessica considers her to be the older version of her sister. I’m going with Jean Smart because she’s a fox and I think she’d nail that ultra feminine and motherly character.

Bridget Milhokovich: Leven Rambin

Jessica’s childhood best friend, now a model. She’s described as fair and beautiful but paranoid when it comes to the way she looks. “That’s because born beauties get so much praise that their appearance becomes crucial to their self-worth.” Leven’s character on ABC’s Scoundrels is similar to this so I think she would be perfect.

Paul Parlipiano: Kellan Lutz

OK. She has “hot buttered sex” dreams about Paul Parlipiano. She is “overwhelmed by the urge to lick the sweat off his six-pack. Yum yum.” This guy needs to be HOT. He needs to be athletic as he is on the track team with her. Kellan Lutz is both. I’m sure he could play ‘Columbia University early acceptance smart’ as well.

Scotty Glazer: Corey Monteith

According to Jessica’s mother, Scotty is a catch. He plays baseball, basketball and football. He has a strong jaw and suffers from chronic bed head. He was also Jessica’s first boyfriend. I’m casting Monteith solely because this is the type of character he plays on Glee. He’s not deep. He’s attractive and gets by.

Sara D’Abruzzi: Lacey Chabert

Sara D’Abruzzi is a member of what Jessica and Hope call the “Clueless Crew”. She’s rich and uses “oh my god” and “quote, unquote” a lot. She is upset about looking like a “butchy softball player instead of a ballerina”. Lacey doesn’t fit this last requirement but she could completely capture that spoiled rich girl quality that Sara needs.

Manda Powers: Madeline Zima

Manda “thinks that reading feminist manifestos makes up for her borderline ho-bag behavior”. Another member of the Clueless Crew, she is called the “Kissing Slut” and “Lend-a-Hand-a-Manda” and will only lose her virginity to a hot, six-foot tall blond guy who drives a jeep. Madeline has shown us in her performance as Mia on Californication that she can play a young, smart Lolita in the making .

Hyacinth ‘Hy’ Wallace: Shannon Sossamon

Hy is gorgeous in an edgy way. She comes to Pineville as a supposed transfer but we later learn that she s a socialite who’s only using the group to write a book called Bubblegum Bimbos and Assembly Line Meatballers. Shannon Sossamon is perfect for this. She’s gorgeous, model like and could go from blue jeans to limousines in two minutes flat.

*sigh*

There are a bunch of characters in this book but I just focused on the ones that I thought were important. Which brings me to the most important one to me–

Marcus Flutie: Now, I’m in love with Marcus Flutie. In love. When I first started this series, I decided that any man I was going to get involved with should be just like Marcus Flutie (yes, Daniela…even if he asked to pee in a yogurt container! 🙂 ). My feelings for Flutie are passionate so I’m having a problem finding anyone who can measure up. The person I think comes the closest for me?

Adam Brody.


He’s skinny enough. He’s cute but not hot. I could totally imagine him writing me poetry and being enough of a delinquent that I would have to help him pass a urine test. He can play super smart but has the ability to play somewhat of a bad boy as well. He’s just dreamy enough…

He’s as close as it’s going to get for me and even then, it’s not on the money!

Who would you cast? Did I miss a favorite character? Do you think I should have cast Hope even if she’s not seen? Let me know! (I would especially love to hear who Marcus Flutie would be for YOU!)

It’s Friday again and all of us here at the Lit Snit headquarters are ready for another Casting Call session. This week’s selection is Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. After surfing through a ginormous pile of headshots and resumes, we are finally ready for the silver screen.

First, let’s check out the plot:

Plot: In this story-within-a-story plot, we have two main heroines: Amy Blacort and Eloise Kelly. Eloise Kelly is a Harvard PhD student working on a dissertation exploring one of England’s most distinguished spies: the Purple Gentian (aka Richard Selwick), who helped topple Napoleon from power. Eloise flies to England to study some of the Purple Gentian never-before-read letters which are kept at the Selwick estate. As she begins her adventure though time using the letters, she uncovers an unexpected romance between the Purple Gentian and another mysterious figure by the name of Amy Balcourt. While at the Selwick estate, Eloise also develops an interesting attachment to its current keeper, Colin Selwick.

MEET THE CAST & CREW:

Character: Amy Balcourt

Amy is a young, upper-class Franco-British woman. She is well-educated and a bit of a feminist. She has a very extroverted and opinionated nature, but is also naïve, and delicate. Amy’s comic side emerges when she engages in her sleuth-wannabe hobby, which tends to lead her into funny damsel in distress situations.

Casting Call Callback: Rose Byrne – We saw this Aussie’s brilliant acting talent in the movies Wicker Park and I Capture the Castle. She is versatile, compelling and oh-so-cute!

Character: Richard Selwick

Richard is a young, British Lord. He is charming, easy going and a bit of a Casanova. He can be hot-tempered at times, especially when dealing with Amy. Richard also leads a secretive, dual life of a spy.

Casting Call Callback: Christopher Egan-This Australian hunk first won us over during his brief but memorable appearance as Nick Bennet in the WB series Everwood, but it was his role in Letters to Juliet that made us see his potential as a romantic leading man.

Character: Eloise Kelly

Eloise is a single, middle-class, American woman in her later 20’s. She is witty but shy and introverted. Her priorities are scholastically driven, leaving her little time for appearances or romance.

Casting Call Callback: Emmy Rossum-Knowing how to sing, act and still look amazing must be hard work, but Emmy was able to do all that and more while playing the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Then, in movie Dare she showed us that being sexy and studious was indeed possible. How can she not be our Eloise?

Character: Colin Selwick

Colin is a well-educated, upper-class Briton. He is very even-tempered and confident. His protectiveness of his family’s past makes him come off as snobbish and cold at times, but we soon see the softer side of this English gentleman.

Casting Call Callback: Eric Johnson-This Canadian star has been popping in and out of our radar for years with small appearances on all sorts of TV shows (e.g., Smallville, Ghost Whisperer, Supernatural, Rookie Blue). Now is the perfect time for him to show us his acting talent by playing a leading role in our movie.

Director: Oliver Parker

Soundtrack Selections:

Amy and Richard’s romance: Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune

Eloise and Colin’s romance: The Eels’s Fresh Feeling

We hadn’t seen this kind of feature around on other books blogs, so we here at Lit Snit thought it’d be fun to start a new weekly feature, Casting Call Friday.

We know not every book will be (or should be) turned into a movie, but sometimes you just can’t help imagine who in Hollywood would be perfect to play your favorite character.  Every Friday one of us will pick a book and give you our dream cast.

This whole thing actually came about a few months ago when I finally got around to reading Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money Janelle, Daniela, and I argued for longer than I’m sure any of us would like to admit about who would be the perfect Stephanie Plum, Morelli, and Ranger.  In celebration of that first (and probably not the last) casting argument/discussion/belligerent yelling (totally on my part…I get defensive about my Morelli choice) I thought I’d kick off Casting Call Friday with One for the Money, even if it’s already cast and in production.

Stephanie Plum: Michelle Monaghan

She’s smart and sly, with the ability to play comedy and drama really well.  If any of you have seen the movie Trucker, you know Michelle can play a realistic, flawed character with heart.  She’d be awesome as the lead character, making those absurd bounty hunter mishaps Stephanie finds herself in, seem realistic and not at all cartoon-y.

Joe Morelli: Jeffrey Dean Morgan

I won’t lie.  I kind of adore Jeffrey Dean Morgan and think he’d be awesome in most anything, but he’d especially be a great Morelli.  He’s got that gruff, arrogant but sweet charm that makes Morelli my favorite of Stephanie’s love interests.  Morgan just embodies Morelli in my mind.  He could even pull off lines like, “It’s not the pizza, darlin’, its my masculine presence” without making me cringe.

Ranger: Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro has the perfect mysterious badass vibe that’s needed for Ranger.  He’d be a great bounty hunter mentor to Stephanie, while keeping the sexual tension alive and well.

Grandma Mazur: Cloris Leachman

Hilarious and uncensored, Leachman would be perfect as Stephanie’s gun-toting, delightfully batty grandmother.  I can just hear her delivering Grandma Mazur’s dry, blunt quips, while serving as a lovable meddler in Stephanie’s personal and professional life.

Lula: Mo’Nique

Mo’Nique proved this past year that she’s one hell of an actress with Precious, and I think she’d be brilliant as Lula, the hooker who Stephanie befriends and eventually becomes her sometimes partner.  She’s funny and sweet and you’d know she’d have Stephanie’s back.

So that’s my dream cast for Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money.  What do you think?  Do you agree/disagree?  What’s your dream cast for the Stephanie Plum series?

EDIT: I’ve just discovered the hilarious blog Forever Young Adult who cast the main characters in their reviews.  If you like this feature, check them out!

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